According to the American officials, intelligence had discovered that a branch of "al-Qaeda" improving methods of concealing explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices.
The discovery that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was hoping to use the batteries and their compartments for laptops and other electronic devices, has led to the fact that the United States and Britain has banned the device, exceeding the size of a mobile phone in certain flights, said the official representative of the United States.
New security restrictions, announced on Tuesday that requires airlines based in the middle East and North Africa, to ban people flying from eight countries to deliver aboard their aircraft any device larger than a smartphone. Instead, these electronics must be stored in the cargo hold.
The prohibitions associated with some of the most extensive measures to ensure aviation security, adopted after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.
According to senior administration officials, the U.S. ban will affect more than 50 flights a day from 10 airports mostly in Muslim countries, including major centres like Dubai and Istanbul. Ban UK touches on 6 countries, including two countries not in the list of the United States: Tunisia and Lebanon. Among international operators such as Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways, British Airways and Turkish Airlines, there are those who will have to impose new restrictions.
American officials said Tuesday that intelligence "indicates terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation", "smuggling explosive devices in a variety of consumer products." The representative of the civil aviation authority said that the ban on electronics is not a "political move."
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